If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’m working on some home updates that involve lots and lots of daring patterns and textiles. It’s all super exciting and I can’t wait to reveal the changes soon! In the meantime, I thought I’d share some visual inspiration from Soane Britain, makers of beautiful furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers. Most of their collections are inspired by historical designs and classical antiquities and each design is made in Britain in small workshops that specialize in rattan chair making, saddlery and iron forging. In fact, they own the only remaining rattan weaving workshop in the UK! I’m absolutely obsessed with the Venus chair in velvet, the ceiling lights with the sweetest rattan shades, and the crazy cool rippled rattan console table. So good, so inspiring.
As much as I absolutely love the holidays, it’s also the busiest, most stressful time of year. The month of December is always a blur and by the end of each year, I find myself regretting not taking enough pauses, to truly relish in the festivities for myself. This year, however, I’m doing things a little differently. For starters, I’ve been wanting to host a small gathering of girlfriends for months – something we, as working moms struggle to make time for – but not surprisingly, months have passed and that gathering has yet to happen. That was, until last week, when UberEats inspired me to throw together an impromptu wreath workshop, for my friends, in my own backyard, on a . . . get this, MONDAY.
I’ve been overcome with color inspiration lately and LOÉIL‘s holiday collection has me over the rainbow. The pink shearling jacket, bright green angora sweater, vivid blue tartan scarf and teal pleated skirt have me rethinking my otherwise monochrome winter wardrobe. I’ve also been reminded of my love of the color camel and its ability to perfectly contrast against the hottest of hues. It’s all just so, so good. And affordable.
In this digital age, nothing is more important than having the right gadgets for your home. This is especially important when your work relies entirely on technology to assist with productivity and efficiency. As someone who runs a business from home, I can absolutely vouch for these gift ideas for the work-from-home techie. One of the products I can’t praise enough is NETGEAR’s Orbi RBK50, a wi-fi system that covers up to 5,000 square feet. After switching service providers earlier this year, we struggled with intermittent and slow internet connections in certain parts of our house – specifically upstairs and in the backyard. You can imagine how frustrating it is when your internet fails the speed test time and time again. It was Orbi’s Whole Home WiFi system that brought us back to high speed, along with huge sighs of relief. It’s a must have.
If you’re ever planning a trip to Paris, bookmark this rental. Even if you don’t have impending plans to visit Paris, bookmark this rental. Located in heart of St Germain, nestled in the hustle and bustle of the 6th Arrondissement, this 3 bedroom apartment is an absolute Parisian dream. It’s owned by American Ashley Maddox, the founder of Where I’d Stay, an agency specializing in renting high-end holiday homes and apartments in other cities like Cape Town. I love the vibrant colors and whimsical details – and at 1,500 square feet, it’s a total score.